Perry, Theophilus, 1833-1864.

Widows by the thousand : the Civil War letters of Theophilus and Harriet Perry, 1862-1864 / edited by M. Jane Johansson. - xxiv, 333 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm. - The Civil War in the West . - The Civil War in the West. .

Includes bibliographical references (p. [305]-311) and index.

"This collection of letters written between Theophilus and Harriet Perry during the Civil War provides an intimate, firsthand account of the effect of the war on one young couple. Theophilus Perry war an officer with the 28th Texas Cavalry, a unit that campaigned in Arkansas and Louisiana as part of the division known as "Walker's Greyhounds." Letters from Theophilus Perry describe his service in a highly literate style that is unusual for Confederate accounts. He documents a number of important events, including his experiences as a detached officer in Arkansas in the winter of 1862-1863, the attempt to relieve the siege of Vicksburg in the summer of 1863, mutiny in his regiment, and the Red River campaign up to early April 1864, just before he was mortally wounded in the battle of Pleasant Hill. Conversely, Harriet Perry's writings allow the reader to witness the everyday life of an upper-class woman enduring home front deprivations, facing the hardships and fears of childbearing and child-rearing alone, and coping with other challenges resulting from her husband's absence."--Jacket.

1557286213 (alk. paper) 9781557286215 (alk. paper)


Perry, Theophilus, 1833-1864 --Correspondence.
Perry, Harriet, 1836-1885 --Correspondence.

Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Cavalry Regiment, 28th.

Married people--Texas--Correspondence.

Texas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
Arkansas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
Louisiana--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate.
Marshall (Tex.)--Biography.

E580.6 28th / .P47 2000

973.7/82/0922 B

HI.F 3/178-8:W 526/2000